Regardless of how much we prepare, nothing can prevent nature’s intention. As was evident with the unfortunate Titanic disaster, nothing man-made can truly overcome Mother Nature.
So what do we do when the unthinkable happens? After fire, floods or water damage is the second biggest cause of natural home disasters. Water damage can occur in a variety of ways, be it excessive rain, storms, overflowing rivers or burst banks, none are welcomed and when an excessive amount of water enters our home, the damage always comes at a huge cost.
So what so we do when this happens? What is the best way to get your house back in tip-top shape? Well, find out the best steps to recover and re-decorate below.
First and foremost… get the water out!
The easiest and best way to remove water is to use a sump pump. Most commonly found in basements, sump pumps are used to remove basement flooding – by essentially sucking out all water and dispensing it in where it is not problematic.
For the best pumps, be sure to check out this website for the perfect sump pump for your basement.
Check for Mould & Dry Out
Once all the water is removed, make sure you inspect all rooms thoroughly for mold. Take samples and get them tested to remove the chance of spores.
The next step is to dry it out. Simply place fans in rooms and let them do their work whilst opening all windows or doors and letting rooms dry.
Once all rooms have dried out, you can now safely address the design of your home. Treat it as a blank canvas and start planning how you would like your finished rooms to look.
When planning your new room designs, place your old furniture in a spare or guest room and seal it shut to prevent any build-up of dust.
Take this opportunity and look at different design schemes and plan if you want any rooms dividing or changing. You might realize that the old box room would make for a perfect study, or the corner cupboard in the back room would be better off as a cabby hole for a chair. When thinking about upgrades, think and plan carefully, don’t go overboard and commit yourself to much work.
After all of the ‘construction’ work is finished, it’s time to plan the re-design of your rooms. Take this as an opportunity to go for the color scheme you’ve always wanted, or search around for some brilliant inspiration. Plan ahead and choose carefully, do your research and view many color chooser websites such as such as this one here. But ultimately, it’s what color you want!
Some good tips are choosing a colour scheme are;
• Base the colour scheme from the largest pattern furniture piece you have in your home – such as a large upholstered chair or huge artwork.
• Keep it personal, don’t just opt for white because it’s neutral – showcase your personality.
• Don’t be afraid to contrast – mixing warm colors such as deep reds with cooler light blues can work!
• Co-ordination is key. If you have artwork with a lot of blue – go for a shade of blue upholstery or accessories to keep it in sync.
• Any color can work – there are no rules to what colors can and can’t be used – it’s all about your personal style and preference!
Whilst re-decorating or designing, there is no better time to upgrade that old tatty chair that is covered with a disguising blanket. Or, if you have always wanted a nice big corner sofa, now is the perfect time to buy one and have it co-ordinated with your chosen color scheme.
Once you have your rooms in place, take this time to add all those perfect little finishing touches. Whether accessorizing hallways with magnificent art-work or placing decorative and pretty plant’s around the house, perhaps some industrial style furniture, now’s the time.